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The Nembutsu is the Name-That-Calls

When I say the Nembutsu,
Amida is calling, not I.
For the Name-that-calls
is Amida calling to me.
Namu Amida Butsu.

When I say the Nembutsu,
it is as though the flames of hell
become rain from the heavens above
while I say Namu Amida Butsu.
Namu Amida Butsu.

When I say the Nembutsu,
The Name-that-calls calls for me
from the Pure Land of Bliss.
Namu Amida Butsu
Namu Amida Butsu

1 comment:

Radha Santadharma said...

After writing two blog entries about Jodo Shinshu and this poem, I came to the following realization:

Amida and the Pure Land are internalized; they are in my heart.

That is what the seed of Buddha-essence has grown into: the realization that the Pure Land is a Buddha world which exists in my mind and my heart, my heart-mind.

So it is out of gratefulness to Amida for aiding in that realization that I say Namu Amida Butsu!